Hebrew School

Protocols of the Hypertexts of Zion
February 10, 2009, 12:31 am
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jesus christ defeated again by swarthy, closeted jew [fips]

bringing back the sexy [nextbook]

hebrew school baggage [jew-ish.com]

fuck you, facebook, i’ll marry who i want [jew-ish.com]

leesaar at ps122’s coil festival [brooklyn rail]

nice jewish guys calendar giveaway [popjudaica]

greenpoint photo du jour: oy vey! [newyorkshitty]


The Weekend, Pixelated

View from my back window on Friday night, Sunset Park, Brooklyn

I lost my camera during Chanukah, so this past weekend was spent in an odd realm of cell phone rectangles.

Friday night, I started out the evening by going to a gallery opening at Flux Factory in Long Island City, Queens where fellow Six Points fellow Andrea Dezsö was showing her work. The show was called New York New York New York and featured a raised map of the city along the entire floor of the gallery. Participating artists created pieces corresponding to the geographical area in which their work was placed. Andrea’s piece depicted Lilith and her son performing at the Lilith Cabaret in Coney Island.

There’s such an astonishing level of intricacy and detail in Andrea’s work, physically and conceptually, that it leaves one feeling delightfully dizzy. I understand that these are a series of animation studies for her fellowship piece, entitled The Demon Bridegroom. (More here.) Sadly, it sounds like Flux’s future is up in the air– I hear their lease is coming to an end. This makes me acutely aware of the passage of time as I had a sound installation in a show there in 2003.

Left: also on display, toy taxis running along a treadmill. Right: view from the back roof of Flux Factory. Queens is a trip…

Later that night, I proceeded to Greenpoint, Brooklyn (not a far distance from Long Island City, but a disproportionately long subway ride) where I got to see Harvest, Abacus, the Curhakestra, and finally Hells Hills.

Top: Abacus. Bottom: The Curhakestra.

Saturday found me up at dawn where I proceeded to morning Sabbath services at… Just kidding. Saturday I broke the Sabbath with White Magic at the newish Music Hall of Williamsburg with old and dear friend Erin Dowding (who once made good on a pledge to read 100 books in a year). The show was excellent (and the Music Hall is a great-sounding venue, if you have not been there yet), but I kept referring to them as the Blake Babies.

Clockwise from top: Juliana Hatfield (Mira Billotte), Evan Dando, and John Strohm.

“L’Shanah HaBa’ah Hi-Res”

Not kosher, just delicious

Hopefully the first of many trayf posts..

At this point it may occur to some of you to think, “WTF? David is only into Jewish music.” Not so! In fact I’m only discovering most of it now… The reality is that I have been a full on nerdy music enthusiast since I was a wee lad, pretty much devouring everything, from my early love of the Beatles onward.

Yesterday, my friend Mr. Mother Earth and I went to see the amazing folk-psych duo Christy & Emily at Permanent Records in Greenpoint. There are a lot of cool little record stores in Greenpoint, though I had never been to Permanent. Cool selection of used vinyl (I head straight to the dollar bins and generally stay put) and a thoughtful offering of new indie CD’s somewhat beyond the usual.

Upon ringing up with perhaps a regrettably large armload, I noticed a counter display of the latest Sundazed reissues. There on top was a re-release of Smokey and his Sister’s Columbia lp (not to be confused with their later Warner release, also eponymous). It goes without saying that I got a little giddy and school-girly, having first read about them/heard them here (this link refers to the Warner lp).

It’s up-beat in a different way than the Warner recordings (if you could even use that adjective to describe them at all), with really strong song writing and lush orchestration. Hebrew School particularly likes the opening track, “Losing,” as well as “Creators of Rain” and “A Far Better Thing (Alternate Version).” More here.

Other finds from yesterday:

(It’s all about the cover, the record is from 1985 and is crap.)


Tonight I play a wedding with astounding guitarist and good friend the Jar, aka Jeremy Parzen, aka Calvino di Maggio. Befriend this man at your own risk– you may never drink Turning Leaf again!